Peaks of Distinction

Engaged and integrated learning

Connect student, faculty, staff and alumni in active learning experiences that intentionally combine theory and practice to make learning outcomes more impactful, while positively affecting local and global communities.  The expressed result is for each student to leave Drury effectively equipped for success, with a defined sense of purpose and the desire to lead a life of meaning.

Engaged and integrated learning is a hallmark of the Drury experience. Research conducted on behalf of the university reveals that 80% of students surveyed believe that Drury provides professional preparation in a liberal arts environment. Our shared belief is that our commitment to this type of learning has a significant, positive impact on our graduates’ preparedness.

  • Engaged learning is a required component of The Drury Core because it effectively aids students in the development of critical thinking skills, emphasizes global connections, brings to light our interdependence, transforms learning into a verb, and leads to greater student satisfaction as well as enhanced retention rates.
  • Engaged and integrated learning is brought to life through The Drury Connect Initiative, which serves as the outreach component of this Peak of Distinction.

Breech School of Business


  • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier business school accreditation. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide achieve AACSB accreditation. 


  • 95% of Drury business students go to work in their chosen field or progress on the graduate programs.
  • 100% of all Drury business students graduate with practical internship experience.

Study Abroad


  • The Drury Enactus Team (formerly SIFE) members represent 15 academic disciplines on campus and maintain consistently high academic performance in their fields. Housed in the Breech School of Business, Drury Enactus conducts approximately 15 projects each year to empower others locally, regionally and around the world to realize their dreams by applying concepts of free enterprise to improve their quality of life and standard of living.
    • The team has advanced to nationals for 20 consecutive years and placed first in the National Exposition three times.
    • In 2001 and 2003, they went on to win the World Cup.
    • In 2011 and 2012, the Drury team made it to the semifinal round.

School of Education and Child Development

  • Drury's elementary education program and specific secondary content areas are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The professional education unit is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 
  • Drury's elementary education program is nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) as an exemplary program.
  • Drury's education students work closely with our partner schools in practicum and methods courses as well as community projects to improve the lives of the children in our midtown community. 
  • Drury undergraduate teacher candidates have opportunities for global learning experiences in Northern Ireland and Durgapur, India. Students travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a semester of coursework at Stranmillis University. Depending on the semester, future teachers at Drury can engage both coursework and teaching time as part of their study abroad. In India, Drury partners with the Hem Sheela Model School. Each year, two student teachers travel to India to complete a portion of their student teaching. Hem Sheela is a K-12 school with an enrollment of 5,000 students.
  • Drury's graduate education students employed by the Monett and Republic School Districts can apply their professional development training toward one of Drury's M.Ed degrees. 

Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship combines real-world application with classroom teaching, including the offering of cross-listed entrepreneurship classes with Environmental Studies, Arts Administration and the School of Education.

The Edward Jones Minority Scholarship program has drawn a critical mass of high achieving students of color to Drury and has equipped them to have a bright future with our professional development programming. In addition, all of our Edward Jones Scholars complete a minor in Entrepreneurship along with their major discipline.
Outside the classroom, the Edward Jones Center reaches out to students and the community through annual conferences, including:

  • Self Employment in the Arts Conference
  • Ecopreneurship Conference
  • Women's Entrepreneurship Conference

Community connections expand well beyond these conference offerings. The center addresses and assists with more vast community issues through programs like Minorities in Business and The Springfield Angel Network.
The Edward Jones Center spurs economic development through real-world projects for start-ups and community organizations, internships, and the Drury on C-Street space.

Hammons School of Architecture

Hammons School of Architecture’s setting within a small liberal arts university makes this program unlike any other architecture education. With a close-knit community of students, faculty, and alumni coupled with a curriculum that encourages exploration and community outreach, our architecture students build a foundation that will support them throughout their careers.

  • The Hammons School of Architecture is NAAB accredited and offers a 5-year Master of Architecture professional program, rather than the national average of 6-years.
  • Students regularly place in national and international student design competitions. Most recently, taking 3rd in AIA Central States Region’s 2017 Student Design Competition.
  • 92% of Drury architecture’s faculty is full-time (40% is the national average)
  • 95% of Drury architecture’s full-time faculty holds a professional architectural registration (22% is the national average)
  • Our graduates achieve outstanding pass rates in the architecture licensing exam at par with the top architecture schools in the US, such as Harvard, MIT and Yale.
  • Students make connections with alumni and other students from all over the nation and world. On average, 17% of Drury architecture’s student body is international representing 20 countries and 23% is out of state representing 12 states.
  • All Drury architecture graduates study abroad for a minimum of five weeks, and most spend a full semester living and studying at the Drury Center in Greece, located on the picturesque island of Aegina.
  • All Drury Architecture graduates engage communities directly through participation in Community Studies studios, which provide needed design and planning input to towns and cities throughout the region.
  • All Drury Architecture graduates complete at least 360 hours of internships in architecture or related fields.

Pre-Health Sciences

Since our inception in 1873, we’ve been educating professionals to serve as leaders in the field of health care.

  • Drury has five unique pre-acceptance programs with prestigious schools of medicine throughout the state of Missouri:
    • St. Louis University School of Medicine
    • University of Missouri Bryant Scholars School of Medicine
    • UMKC School of Medicine
    • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Over 100 Drury graduates are currently providing health care in the region.
  • In the last decade alone, more than 600 Drury graduates have gone on to pursue careers in health care.
  • Drury boasts an average acceptance rate of 85-90% for its pre-professional health programs.
  • Students are able to participate in a wide range of cutting edge biomedical research.
  • Students benefit from our liberal arts education by developing the skills to become caring, empathetic health care practitioners pursuing a professional life well lived.
  • Our level of success is demonstrated by the prestigious accomplishments of our graduates. For example:
    • Dr. Fred Gorelick, Professor of Medicine(Digestive Diseases) and of Cell Biology; Associate Director, Yale School of Medicine
    • Dr. Ilene Gipson, Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
    • Dr. Regan Thomas, Chair of Department ofOtolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago